Jimmy is a decorator and married to Liz and they have a daughter Anne-Marie who is 12. Jimmy discovers Buddhism at his local Buddhist Centre and soon is going to a Retreat and meditating every night. This starts to distance him from Liz. However when Jimmy tells Liz that he wants to be celibate Liz really can't understand it.
Jimmy moves out of their house and sleeps at the Centre. Then Liz's mother dies and Jimmy invites the lamas to the funeral. Anne-Marie has just started secondary school and makes a new best friend called Nisha. They decide to enter a singing contest together. Soon Liz is having an affair with a PhD student called David. She gets pregnant and after discussion decides that she doesn't want to see David anymore. Jimmy accepts the baby as his own and Liz and him get back together although the book leaves doubts to their future. The book deals interestingly with its Buddhist subject matter and is written in a Scottish dialect.
This report prepared by John Marcel